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Elon Musk and Zelenskyy in Twitter showdown over billionaire's Ukraine peace plan
Musk, the world's richest person, proposed UN-supervised elections in four occupied regions that Moscow last week moved to annex after what it called referendums. The votes were denounced by Kyiv and Western governments as illegal and coercive.

Medicine Nobel goes to Neanderthal researcher
The Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine was awarded on Monday to Svante Paabo, a Swedish-born scientist who spent decades trying to extract DNA from 40,000-year-old bones, culminating in the unveiling of the Neanderthal genome in 2010..

Head of Russian-held Ukrainian nuclear plant freed: UN watchdog
The detained chief of Ukraine's Russian-held nuclear power plant has been released, the head of the UN nuclear watchdog said Monday. Zaporizhzhia -- Europe's largest nuclear energy facility -- has been at the centre of recent tensions after Moscow and Kyiv accused each other of strikes on and near the plant, raising fears of an atomic disaster.

Ukrainian forces burst through Russian lines in major advance in south
Ukrainian forces achieved their biggest breakthrough in the south of the country since the war began, bursting through the front and advancing rapidly along the Dnipro River on Monday, threatening to encircle thousands of Russian troops. Kyiv gave no official confirmation of the gains, but Russian sources acknowledged that a Ukrainian tank offensive had advanced dozens of kilometers along the river's west bank.

Ukrainian troops continue offensive, claim new gains
Ukrainian troops continued to push forward Monday with their offensive that has embarrassed Moscow, with Kyiv officials and foreign observers hinting at new gains in the strategic southern region of Kherson. Kherson is one of the four regions illegally annexed by Moscow last week after a “referendum” orchestrated by the Kremlin.

Svante Paabo awarded Nobel Prize in medicine 'for his discoveries concerning human evolution'
The 2022 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine has been awarded to Svante Paabo “for his discoveries concerning the genomes of extinct hominins and human evolution" at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm on Monday.

Thousands of mobilised Russians sent home, unfit for military duty
Russia's first mobilisation since World War Two, after its forces suffered major battlefield defeats in Ukraine, has led to widespread discontent and forced thousands of men to flee abroad.

Azerbaijan proposes bringing forward Armenia talks to October because of tension


Another defeat in Ukraine undermines Vladimir Putin's 'forever' goals
Outnumbered and increasingly encircled by Kyiv’s forces, several thousand Russian troops withdrew from Lyman in Donetsk province over the weekend. The fall of Lyman makes a mockery of Putin’s annexation move, showing he can’t hold what he now says is Russian land, according to Lawrence Freedman, a military historian and emeritus professor of War Studies at King’s College London.

Five things to know about the Nobel prizes
Since 1974, the statutes of the Nobel Foundation stipulate that the prize may not be given posthumously. But a person may be awarded if she or he dies between the time of the announcement in October and the formal prize ceremony in December.

After reclaiming key logistics hub Lyman, Ukraine presses on with counteroffensive


Ukraine claims full control of key logistics hub, eyes further gains
Ukraine on Sunday claimed full control of the eastern logistics hub of Lyman, Kyiv's most significant battlefield gain in weeks, providing a potential staging post for further attacks to the east while heaping further pressure on the Kremlin. "As of 1230 (0930 GMT), Lyman is fully cleared," Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said in a short video clip on his Telegram channel. "Thank you to our troops ... Glory to Ukraine!"

Ukraine presses on with counteroffensive; Russia uses drones
Russia attacked the Ukrainian president's hometown and other targets on Sunday with suicide drones, and Ukraine took back full control of a strategic eastern city in a counteroffensive that has reshaped the war.Russia's loss of the eastern city of Lyman, which it had been using as a transport and logistics hub, is a new blow to the Kremlin as it seeks to escalate the war by illegally annexing four regions of Ukraine and heightening threats to use nuclear force.

Pope begs Putin to end 'spiral of violence and death', cites nuclear threat


IAEA head seeks release of Ukrainian nuclear plant head



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